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74 year old woman relatively healthy. takes blood pressure

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74 year old woman relatively healthy. takes blood pressure medicine. She really hasn't taken blood pressure medicine until a couple of years ago. She suddenly lost the ability to read. She can read a few words but its not fluent.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  IVY MD replied 6 years ago.


This could be due to a small stroke in the area of the brain affecting vision. Have you seen a neurologist?


Have you seen a neurologist?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Not yet. I was planning to make an appointment with her general doctor tomorrow.
Expert:  IVY MD replied 6 years ago.
That's a great idea. I would also recommend a neurologist so you can rule out a stroke in the brocas or wernickes areas of the brain that would affect speech and word interpretation. The significance is that if she had a small stroke she may have others if not treated for clots, etc to prevent this.
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